Review: Marking his follow up on the Timewarp roster to 2010's Blaxploitation EP, German breaks masher Freethinker Funk Essence brings out the sunshine with this stylish new single. Laden with '70s funk tools such as fatback drums and wah-wah'd rhythm guitar, FFE tops it off with some Latin brass and Cuban piano parts to create a dizzying a hard-bopping dancefloor slayer. Yomakomba speeds up the tune for an excellent jazz-step remix, while Impuls goes the opposite way by slowing things down a touch for a deep and dubby overhaul.
Review: German groove aficionado Freethinker Funk Essence plays a mean sunshine game with two delicious bossa blends. "Emanuelle" is built up around two distinct elements; a sparkling nylon string arpeggio and a snake-like conga roll. The result is a beautiful sunset jam that should keep you warm as the temperatures drop. "Raspberry Jam" taps into the soulful house roots for inspiration. Coming on strong like a Reel People jam with its dominant piano riff and flickering guitar tones, it's quite similar to Marcus Nikolai's "Bushes" from way back in the turn-of-the-century day. Remix-wise Stereo 77 and Mister T fire shots. The former gets their acid house stutter on with some shimmering churchy tones while the latter adds a juicy organic funk swing and array of dubby effects. Tasty.
Review: Germany's funk fanatic Freethinker Funk Essence has cooked up four new steaming slices of boogie pie for all the groove starved souls out there. "The Revenge Of The Pusher" kicking things off with some accelerated rock guitar riffs, undulating organ work and Sly Stone style vocal snippets. Elsewhere "Too Drunk To Funk" is the sound of trumpets, bass and clavinets having a threesome whilst a funky drummer looks on and "Hot Sole Funk" updates the formula with sparse beats and plenty of modern attitude. Finally "Funky Bitch" is an all-out 60s Austin Powers style boogie down.
Review: Freethinker Funk Essence takes his time, never rushing to release stuff, nice n easy, totally chilled in a 70s sort of way. Unsurprisingly these 70s attitudes don't stop there, with the music firmly planted in the era of giant flares, chopper bikes and polyester shirts. Pretty every song on this here EP sounds like incidental music from classic cop show Starsky & Hutch: "The Spy Of Mrs Lee" is a suspense-filled shuffle with chiming keys, echoey wah-wah and baggy drums. Elsewhere "Record Store" is swaggering boogie strutter and "Quentin's Lost Movie" is a soft n' sensual see-through-negligee of a tune.
Review: We've not heard from German funkateer Freethinker Funk Essence since March. Perhaps he was as his own song goes, Too Drunk To Funk. Anyway its great to have him back rustling up three slices of steaming retro pie, with grooves excavated straight from the 70s. "Haight Ashbury" is all night walkin' in old San Francisco to the strains of wah-wah heavy funk, the stomping "Walk In The Park" incorporates bluesy slide guitar riffs and a brooding Tex Mex atmosphere, before "Saturday Morning Traffic" is more of a rolling jam with vintage organ chugs and layers upon layers of live instrumentation.